Armenian conductor Eduard Topchjan studied conducting with Ohan Durian, receiving mentorship from Claudio Abbado, Nello Santi, and Sir Georg Solti. He is internationally renowned for his extensive repertoire, which includes numerous commissions and premieres of works by leading composers of the present day.
As Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (2000-present), Topchjan has toured extensively worldwide, including a 15-concert tour of Japan in 2008, and performances at such festivals as the White Nights of the Mariinsky Theatre. Under his dynamic and charismatic leadership, the orchestra received its ‘national’ status.
As a guest conductor, Topchjan enjoys working regularly with Frankfurt Oper am Main, Gulbenkian, Prague Radio Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Russian National, and the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Artistic collaborations include those with Sergei Babayan, Placido Domingo, Julia Fischer, Steven Isserlis, Daishin Kashimoto, Kim Kashkashian, Sergey Khachatryan, Emmanuel Pahud, Simon Trpčeski, and Pinchas Zukerman, amongst others.
In recognition of his artistry, Topchjan holds such awards as the Gold Medal from the Armenian Ministry of Culture (2011), a Knighthood from the Italian Order of Merit for Labour (2013), and the Armenian President’s Medal for Services to the Motherland (2016).